A rodeo official has died after being charged by a bull in what has been described as a freak accident during an event in Tamworth on Saturday night.
Police say Bruce Green, 62, wasn’t riding but assisting with an event at the Tamworth Rodeo Roundup at the Australian Equine and Livestock Events Centre when he was critically injured about 9.10pm.
NSW Ambulance paramedics treated Mr Green at the scene before taking him to Tamworth Rural Referral Hospital where he died.
The Australian Bushmen’s Campdraft and Rodeo Association said Mr Green was a long-serving board member of the organisation and “the most extraordinary club member” of the Lawrence Rodeo Committee, who had given selflessly to friends, family and the sport.
“Greenie has always ‘been there’, always part of the Rodeo, out there making it happen, never asking anything but always giving everything. A great bloke and a diamond in the rough. Generous in every way,” a statement, posted on the association’s Facebook page, says.
The association said it had been a “freak accident” that had claimed the life of Mr Green, who is from Grafton, on the NSW North Coast.
“We are all in shock and deeply saddened. The board and members of the ABCRA extend our deepest sympathies to Bruce’s family and friends,” the statement says.
Police are preparing a report for the coroner.
By : Angus Thompson – THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD